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Walking in a Chicago Wonderland: Holiday Activities Around Chicago

by Maryann Pisano on December 4, 2012

Ice Skating Downtown

Every romantic love story begins or ends at an ice rink during Christmastime. Chicago’s ice skating rink is located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Skate rental is available for $10.00, but it is free to skate. If you have questions, please call 312-742-5222.


Navy Pier Winter WonderFest

The 12th annual WinteFest returns to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) This fest includes: “holiday décor, music, entertainment, indoor ice skating rink, huge inflatable slides, rides, Pepsi® Create-A-Cookie Cottage and more – all inside an enchanted 170,000-square-foot winter playground.” Sounds like a great way to celebrate the Christmas season.


The Walnut Room

111 North State Street

Chicago, IL 60602

Food, Christmas trees, and shopping? Where do we sign up? Dining at the Walnut Room at Macy’s in downtown Chicago is an amazing place to spend an evening or afternoon.


Radio City Rockettes
Dec 14- 30
Akoo Theatre
Rosemont, IL


The Grinch
Dec 5-16
Cadillac Palace
Chicago, IL



A Christmas Carol
Nov. 17- Dec. Dec. 29
Albert Goodman Theater
Chicago, IL



Holiday Magic
Brookfield Zoo
From Brookfield Zoo’s Website: “The 31st-annual Holiday Magic lights show starts Saturday. The event features more than one million lights and activities over 14 nights. There will be ice-carving demonstrations, a laser light show, singing to the animals, live music and more.


The event runs Saturday and Sunday, as well as Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 26-31 from 4 to 9 p.m. each night. New this year is a holiday-themed laser and video show on the East Mall that starts every 30 minutes between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. In addition, the West Mall will be decorated with dinosaur light displays and an 18-foot animated snowman. Guests also can check out 450-plus decorated community trees lining the malls and Roosevelt Fountain, while 50 trees decorated by corporations will “dance” to music. Many of the animal exhibits will stay open until 8 p.m., and there will be a 6:30 p.m. dolphin show each evening of the event.”


The fun culminates on Dec. 31 with an early New Year’s Eve countdown at 8 p.m.



The German Village, big Christmas tree and the window display are great things to do downtown. Merry Christmas!



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